MEUW Weekly :: September 12, 2023

95th Anniversary Celebration is right around the corner: To celebrate — and promote — the benefits of public power and to commemorate the 95th anniversary of MEUW’s founding, the association is planning a multi-faceted daylong event on Wednesday, October 18, in Waunakee and Madison. MEUW is hosting a “Day at the Capitol” for municipal utility and other community leaders engage with state legislators, and a “Public Power on Parade” from Waunakee to the Capitol square in Madison. A “Welcome Reception” is planned downtown Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 5-7 p.m. Event details can be found here.

See how many utilities and vehicles have already committed to joining in by viewing this update. We’re well on our way to a successful celebration!

The September edition of Live Lines was distributed Sept. 6. In case you missed it, you can find it online here.

Proudly Public Power Coloring Contest now open: In support of our ongoing efforts to increase awareness of Public Power Utilities across Wisconsin, and in conjunction with Public Power Week and MEUW’s upcoming 95th Anniversary Celebration, MEUW is presenting a statewide “Proudly Public Power Coloring Contest.” This contest is open to all children ages 4-12 in households served by MEUW member utilities wishing to participate. Please also review this helpful information if your utility is interested in offering this to your customers.

Full details and the coloring page are available here. Entries must be postmarked or received no later than Friday, Oct. 6. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Wolf, MEUW Manager of Communications and Events.

Accounting and Customer Service Seminar is Sept. 20:  MEUW’s annual gathering to update utility personnel on regulatory and legislative issues that affect their utilities and provide networking opportunities to share leading practices will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Mauston. This year’s program includes sessions on relevant topics from presenters with the Public Service Commission and Boardman & Clark law firm, among others. For the full agenda and registration information, click here. The sign-up deadline is Sept. 18.

Register for new management training class: As a highly regulated business, utilities must comply with dozens of operating rules to retain the “right to serve” electric customers. A new class offered as part of MEUW’s “Fundamentals of Utility Management” training program will explore the wide array of regulations, compliance, and safety rules every municipal utility leader must follow. Offered Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Mauston, the course will explore the reasons behind the rules and provide insights to make compliance easier. An outline of the training topics, the instructors, and registration details are here. Sign up today!

Plan ahead for 2024 training: Fall is budget season for many municipal utilities. To help make your planning easier, here’s a look at what MEUW training is planned for the first half of 2024. Contact Sharon Wolf with any questions.

New APPA on-demand education program now available: The American Public Power Association (APPA) recently launched a new, on-demand governance essentials program. This offering provides a convenient way to get up-to-speed on the nuts and bolts of governance requirements through a series of 15 short videos (average 15 minutes each). Details can be found here.

Return to weekly schedule: The unofficial end of summer means MEUW Weekly is back to being distributed once each week. If you have member news to share, or have a question you’d like to ask of MEUW member utilities, please contact